The little black dress of salads, this simple Bibb lettuce salad has no exotic ingredients and is dressed with a buttermilk salad dressing that can be doubled or tripled and kept in the refrigerator until needed. Fresh crisp radishes and the delicate onion flavor of snipped chives and lots of coarsely ground black pepper grace the completed salad.
Bibb lettuce, a cultivar of the butterhead lettuce family, has large loose buttery-textured leaves with a slightly sweet flavor with colors ranging from pale green to pale yellow green. The lettuce is quite fragile and requires gentle handling of the leaves when washing. Unwashed Bibb lettuce can be kept stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, but once washed should be used immediately. When buying Bibb lettuce, avoid broken wilted leaves. Original recipe here (Food and Wine).
Bibb Lettuce and Radish Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
For the salad
3 large heads Bibb or Boston lettuce, leaves washed and dried6-8 large radishes, thinly sliced
1/2 cup snipped fresh chives
Freshly ground black pepper
For the Dressing
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce with the radishes and chives. To make the dressing, whisk the buttermilk, mayonnaise and red wine vinegar until smooth. Gradually whisk in olive oil until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently. Sprinkle freshly ground pepper over and serve.
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